Beaches within easy reach

Numerous little coves, once the haunt of smugglers, pepper the rugged coastline of West Cornwall: Hidden jewels waiting to be discovered. Here is a selection of the better-known beaches.

Gwenver Beach: A long curving beach reached by many steep steps, often visited by dolphins. Good for swimming and surfing.

Lamorna Cove: Sandy beach at low tide, but the Lamorna Cove Café offers the perfect place to wait and feast while the tide ebbs.

Porthchapel Beach: A sunny sheltered cove with a beach of fine white sand, if you’re up to the rock scramble down the cliffs to the beach.

Porthcurno Beach: Another beautiful white sand beach, more accessible and popular with families.

Portheras Beach: A secret beach between Morvah and Pendeen, known mainly to locals – but we’ll tell you how to find it!

Porthgwarra Beach: Small, secluded beach close to Porthcurno.

Prussia Cove Beach: Secluded olde-worlde, dog-friendly rocky beach with small sandy coves at low tide, near Penzance.

Sennen Cove: A long stretch of golden sand with rock pools at either end. Good parking for easy access. Surfboards can be hired here.

St. Ives Beaches: Three contrasting beaches, from gentle, sheltered beaches ideal for families, to big surf beaches.

St. Loy Cove: A nice Coastal walk from Lamorna. Magnificent boulders and is, reputedly, the warmest place in the British Isles.

Hayle beaches: Miles of mainly deserted golden sand with great surf backed by sand dunes.